Yakuza 5 Might Be A Better Idol Sim Than The Idolmaster

By Spencer . October 26, 2012 . 3:12am

Namco Bandai eat your heart out, Yakuza 5 also has an idol training portion where you play as Haruka Sawamura. This part of Yakuza 5 has less skull smashing and more fan meetups. Haruka will respond back to fan comments as she shakes their hands. You can also participate in TV shows to boost your popularity and practice dance moves. Haruka will meet other dancers who challenge her to dance battles. Win these and you can boost Haruka’s stats before taking the stage. Haruka’s chapter sounds pretty much like an idol life simulation to me.


Of course, there’s more to Yakuza 5 than dancing your heart out. The game has four other characters and plenty of bad guys to beat up. Yakuza 5 comes out for PlayStation 3 on December 6.

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  • katzedan

    it can be better, but I still prefer my 765’s idols xD

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I predict now!!! In the upcoming months, Kentaro Miura getting hooked with Yakuza 5 choose to have unlimited hiatus on Berserk.T_T

    • Göran Isacson

      I don’t know whether to comment with “funny because it’s true” or “sad because it’s true” ;_;

  • masaYT

    meh, hope her chapters can be skipped.
    Hate idols and their terrible music….now they’ve gone and ruined Haruka.

  • Andrew Austin

    As someone who has actually played Idolmaster 1 and 2,  I’m not entirely convinced. That being said, Yakuza 5 is sounding more amazing everyday.

  • ffboi7

    Yakuza 5 is looking better and better each time I watch any of these videos :D also I spy a 360 in the bottom right of the studio ;p

    • Keichi Morisato

      they may have a 360 in the room but it doesn’t mean that it will be a multiplatform title (and if it is ill loose respect for the franchise) what is the point in owning a game console and have every game on other systems, at that point i might as well buy a PC.

  • CirnoLakes

    I don’t know about that… but… it sounds like an interesting addition.

    I’ve never looked much into the Yakuza games because I’m not manly and I’ve never really been into manly gangster games. Which Yakuza always came off to me as. And Yakuza, though I never played it, always reminded me too much of a Japanese version of Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, and more recently Sleeping Dogs. Of course this wasn’t much other than the fact it is and was a gangster game and I don’t like gansters, yakuza included.

    I’ve heard nightmare stories of the Yakuza engaging in forced prostitution and cutting off the fingers of people who don’t go along with such vile activities. And there’s no way I would want to play as someone like that, even in fiction. That’s just not an entertaining idea to me at all. I also don’t play video games to feel like a manly badass. Which is probably why I’m such a fan of Japanese tendencies in video games over Western ones.

    Yes, I’ll admit maybe I was being “bigoted”, I hear that a lot for not trying out games and admitting it. But I did see the word Yakuza and didn’t much want to give it another look. And I probably have my idea of the game all wrong. If it isn’t glorifying the Yakuza in any way I have no problem with it.

    • Keichi Morisato

      its fine that your not into the franchise. though i think your getting the wrong idea about the main character. kazuma is the honorable type yakuza, he doesnt fight unless necessary and he doesn’t force people to do things they don’t want to do. actually there are several occasions in the game he has stopped that kind of activity. im not trying to sell you on the game i just wanted to inform you that there is more complexity and better characterization to the story than in GTA or SR.

  • PersonaSpace

    I imagine that the entire chapter will be cut if Sega West actually does bring Yakuza 5 over.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I could see it. I hope they don’t, provided they’re even considering releasing the game, but I could see it.

    • doubleO7

      No, I think SEGA learned their lesson from Yakuza 3. Y4 made its way over here without any siginificant cuts or alterations, I don’t see why they would revert back to their practice of cutting significant amounts of content again. 

    • Dantis

       We can only hope.

      • PersonaSpace

        As an avid [email protected] and Yakuza fan, I really hope this isn’t the case. My faith in Sega West has been pretty low these days.

        • Dantis

           I love Yakuza, hate IdolMaster.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      They were really good with Yakuza 4. IF this does come over, and that’s, sadly, a big “if” right now, I’m sure these parts will still be there.

  • Well, that cinches it. I’m getting Yakuza 5 whether or not Sega decides to localize it. I’m a sucker for simulation games.

  • Dantis

    I really hope you can skip these chapters, or the content is cut from the western release. No interest in idols whatsoever.

    I think, if playing through this is required to finish the game, I’ll actually have to give it a miss. No way I’d be able to trudge through it.

    I really, really hope you can skip it, because I love Yakuza. :(

    • Watahashi

      You’re joking, right? The karaoke segments were some of the best parts of the recent Yakuza games. This is that, cranked up to 11. Cutting content just because you’re uncomfortable with it? You can’t seriously be that insecure.

      • Dantis

        Selfish, yes. Insecure, no.

        There’s nothing insecure about not wanting to play however many hours Haruka’s section would take.

        And I didn’t say that cutting the content is the only solution. If they make it skippable, that would also be fine.

        • raymk

          One can say that selfishness is worst than being insecure.  One effects only you and the other one effects others.  Still not playing something because of that is just I don’t know shallow, I don’t care for it but if the game is fun why not.

      • rebecasunao

        That doesn’t mean someone is insecure at all. It’s a matter of taste.

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    im not so sure about competing with idolmaster when the aestetics and the mechanics are so different, the galge aspect of idolmaster certainly is something that appeal to a majority of its audience, and actually i did enjoy the karaoke parts of that past yakuzas as a distraction, but im not really sure about 1/4 of the game dedicated to that, but at the very least this video hyped me for showing how much the NPC animations had improved since the past games, wich were the same since the ps2 era.

    • Keichi Morisato

      its actually 1/5 of the game there are 5 protagonists…

  • Learii

    do we need to play those mini-games to conitune the storyline or no?

  • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

    Sooo how long will it be before the U.S. gets it…?

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I really hope this gets localized. It’s sad that in 2012 that’s even still a question, but this IS Sega we’re talking about. With how hurting for money they are, I’m surprised they haven’t tried to sell this franchise to Sony at this point. 

    Anyway, looking at that, I don’t see anything that would necessitate any cuts to these chapters for a Western release, so I’m sure if we somehow do get this, they’ll stick with how things were for Yakuza 4 and keep this in there.

  • Neppygear

    Yakuza 5 sounds so painfully perfect. I need it in my life.

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